Doulas are making a difference for families worldwide.

DONA International is the leader in evidence-based doula training, certification and continuing education. Our doulas are the world's best! What is a doula?

I want to FIND a doula.

Parents, DONA International can help you connect with a professional, highly skilled birth or postpartum doula in your area.

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I want to BECOME a doula.

It’s an incredible time to start your journey as a birth or postpartum doula. Let’s explore this path together.

TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

I AM a doula.

We’d love to have you join thousands of doulas around the world as a member of DONA International.

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

The Benefits of a Doula

Learn about how a DONA certified doula can help you have a better birth or postpartum experience.

 

Doula Benefits

The DONA Advantage

 

DONA International is the world’s most respected certifying organization for a reason.
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Training and Certification

Is it your time to jump into this incredible field? DONA International can help prepare you for long-term success as a doula.
Become a Doula

Continuing Education

Already working as a doula and want to learn more? Check out our DONA approved advanced trainings!
Approved Continuing Ed

“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”

Dr. John H. Kennell

DONA International Founder

We’re Here for You.

DONA International is member driven and we are here to support you! Connect with the professional staff in our home office, a member of the board of directors or your state/regional representative.

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Reporters and Editors… Let’s talk!

Every week, DONA International is contacted by reporters and editors around the world. As representatives of the world’s leading doula organization, we’d love to talk!
This year, DONA International and our doulas have been featured in articles by Essence magazine, The Bump, Fit Pregnancy, and more!

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When a Premature Birth Seems Likely

When a Premature Birth Seems Likely

By Adrianne Gordon, MBA, CD(DONA), Blog Manager This month we recognize Prematurity Awareness Month with tips for doulas supporting families at risk for premature birth.  Whether you are a new doula or have years of experience, we hope these reminders and resources...

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6 Ways Doulas Can Support Families Planning VBACs

6 Ways Doulas Can Support Families Planning VBACs

By Jen Kamel, Founder/Director VBAC Facts Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) rates have been slowly rising in America the last few years as more and more women become familiar with the option. (1; 2) However, our latest statistics reflect still that only 11% of women...

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ACOG Updates: What Doulas Should Know

ACOG Updates: What Doulas Should Know

Effectively serving clients requires doulas to stay informed on changes in maternity care practices and guidelines. While we are not clinicians, we do provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to the families we support. Staying informed of policies and...

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Best of the ID: Penny Reflects on 12 Hour Contract Clauses

Best of the ID: Penny Reflects on 12 Hour Contract Clauses

There has been much conversation in the doula community about contract language which outlines a specific number of hours of labor support included in the base fee and how to address support beyond that period of time.  In the most recent International Doula magazine,...

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